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Local Independent councillor, Michael O’Brien, has welcomed the increase in the standard income tax band from €33,800 to €34,550, announced this week by the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, as part of Budget 2018.
Fianna Fáil Deputy Robert Troy has called on the Government to accelerate its plan for a new commercial rates Bill.
There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen. there are times when you get all you desire. and there are times you don’t. These days in Galway, there exists an extra sense of satisfaction, to which we are unaccustomed. Perched here on the edge of Europe, we have often felt away from the centre of things, but still a part of the big picture.
A debate on commercial rates at this week’s meeting of Galway County Council led one exasperated councillor to remark that there would not be a rural pub left in Galway in a few years time if the system was not changed. The method of collecting rates was labelled as ‘outdated and antiquated’ where the amounts paid were in no way related to business income.
The final budget meeting of Castlebar Town Council saw the elected members vote to drop the commercial rates in the town by two per cent for the year ahead. The members voted to cut the rateable valuation from 70.23 to 68.76 on foot of a proposal from Sinn Féin councillor Therese Ruane.
According to DTZ Sherry FitzGerald many of its clients cite rates as the third highest overhead, behind rent and staff costs. With the national revaluation currently under way and rateable values set to increase across all business sectors, DTZ Sherry FitzGerald is encouraging occupiers and landlords of vacant commercial premises in Galway city to question whether they could be paying less.
Home owners across Galway city and county will receive letters in March telling them how much their home is worth and how much should be paid under the property tax.
A new national business organisation, Irish Employers for Affordable Rates (IEAR), which wants the Government to reform the present local authority commercial rates system, was launched recently.